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i was told that if you drink more 8 glasses in 6 hours your brain overhydrates.<br><br>
ive been thirsty all day, despite the lack of physical activity, and was just curious and counted how much water id had. right on 7 glasses. but im still thirsty...so...? is it going to hurt me?? i do feel a bit waterlogged though.<br><br><br><br>
(its the only thing ive counted, by the way. just have to defend my post there)
 

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really?!?! it sounded like a more plausible ones than the usual things that get passed around. ahaha. thanks so much<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)"><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)">
 

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Really. But I'll warn you, the more you drink the more you pee. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/shocked.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":eek:">
 

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Perhaps the person who told you that was thinking of this condition:<br><br><a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Water_intoxication" target="_blank">http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Water_intoxication</a>
 

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My first reaction was like kpickell's answer. It depents on what you're drinking. In another thread I just came to revise on Fit for Life, where destillated water is recommended. Water without electrolytes as sodiumchloride are much easier a hazard than spring water or table water or an electrolyte drink.<br><br>
Decide, if you can go for the 8th glass, most probably you can without doing harm.
 
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i think that unless you go completely nuts on water, you're safe from having your head turn into a giant soggy sponge and having major problems with water seeping out of your ears.<br><br><br><br>
i remember a few years ago in the UK, i read about a few people using ecstacy and dancing too hard, having problems with overhydration (they were constantly being told to drink more water, so they didn't dehydrate, and they were overdoing it hugely and overheated from dancing too hard and their kidneys couldnt cope with processing it all and they occasionally keeled over and died) but for normal people, i think we're perfectly fine with a glass or two over or under 8 a day. your body'll handle it, its resiliant like that- otherwise we'd all be carrying alarm clocks to remind us to drink the right measured amount of water on cue every hour, or dropping like flies, right?<br><br><br><br>
i think there is lots of stuff that you can worry a bit toooo much about. when my brother was 7 his teacher told him that breathing ages your lungs, so he tried too breathe less for a while to preserve them.
 

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well good god! that explains what's wrong with me!! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/tongue3.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":p"><br><br><br><br><br><br>
no, i do not think there is any thruth to that...
 

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I had a friend once who drank too much water and used up all her electrolytes. She had to only drink gatorade and stuff like that for weeks to get them back. But she was drinking something like 2 gallons a day.
 

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The rumor you heard is false. Drinking 8 glass of water will not cause those symptoms.<br><br><br><br>
You might have heard about hyponatremia, which is low sodium, which can be lowered by drinking large amounts of free water. There has been some publicity of marathon runners loosing so much sodium and over hydrating their get neurological symtoms from hyponatremia. Which is why it's important for marathon runners to include both a carb and a sodium source during the marathon.<br><br><br><br>
I think though severe symptoms such as "Plasma sodium levels below 100 mmol/L (2.3g/L) frequently result in cerebral edema, seizures, coma, and death within a few hours of drinking the excess water"are rare, even for marathon runners, but a few cases have occurred, which is where the rumor may have come from.<br><br>
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My good friend Wikipedia has a good explanation. <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Water_intoxication" target="_blank">http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Water_intoxication</a><br><br><a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hyponatremia" target="_blank">http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hyponatremia</a>
 

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Slightly off-topic, maybe...<br><br><br><br>
Over the past month or two I thought I might have been going a bit too heavy on salt in my food (mostly commercially-prepared stuff I hadn't made myself). I know you need some salt, but I started eating food with less salt and find I'm not nearly as thirsty all the time.
 

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If you're thirsty, you should drink.
 

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The rumor you heard is false. ....<br><br><br><br>
I think though severe symptoms such as "Plasma sodium levels below 100 mmol/L (2.3g/L) frequently result in cerebral edema, seizures, coma, and death within a few hours of drinking the excess water"are rare, even for marathon runners, but a few cases have occurred, which is where the rumor may have come from.<br><br><br><br>
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Agreed: normal persons drinking normal beverages cannot hurt themselves with 8 glasses of water. But someone with low sodium and drinking 8 glasses of destilled water it might be a different story.<br><br>
It also depends on how quickly you develop low plasma sodium levels. I've seen a man in his early thirties die with a sodium level of 116 mval/l. The cause for this low level was unclear. The DA didn't want to follow criminal inquiries as no crime could be suspected. And then the corpse disappeared (I'm not making this up, though I'm a bit off topic, now). I went to one of the ward and asked for a telephone directory saying: "The corpse disappeared!" And the nurse (Sister Odilia) answered: "You won't be able to talk to him." But I found out what had happened. He was on his way to Yougoslavia to be buried there.<br><br>
An profuse sweating will also add to the loss of sodium.
 

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^^^ I teach fitness classes. once I taught 3 classes in a row and drank a gallon of water in the space of 3 hours- plus sweating. I had a huge headache and only felt better after a huge salad ...heavy on the saltand extra olives...
 

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You CAN die from drinking to much water to fast; there was something on dateline or 20/20 a few months ago. Some frat boys were pledging and they made the pledges drink lots of water as fast as they could and a you man died.. you could probable google it and get more info but you may have to be clever in your wording.
 

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That was a very extreme case. The pledges were also force to exercise insanely (along with other more revolting activities..see link). Also, they were drinking <i>gallons</i> of water in a short time.<br><br><br><br>
I'm not saying that water "poisoning" doesn't exist, but it seems that the dangers from not drinking enough water are far more likely/dangerous.<br><br><br><br><a href="http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=5012154" target="_blank">http://www.npr.org/templates/story/s...toryId=5012154</a>
 

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I just got another idea. Sometimes in prisons imates try to delute their urine by drinking immense amounts of water if they know they have a check on illegal substances ("drug urine"). And they usually survive this. As in these checks the creatinine is also ioncluded they cannot cheat anyway.
 

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Oh for goodness sake RELAX!!<br><br><br><br>
You won't harm yourself with 8 glasses of water - or more even. All the cases and examples cited here are EXTREME. Only a very, <b><i>VERY</i></b> few people have such dangerously serious complications.<br><br><br><br>
Drink what you need to quench your thirst.<br><br><br><br>
And STOP WORRYING and stop counting things! You're fine.
 

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I'll drink to that <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/beer.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":beer:">
 
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